During the development of the VARIO MOVE, the ek robotics engineers, together with the designer Meike Hahr from Creative Specialists, deliberately focused on curves and a friendly appearance of the vehicle. Right from the start, people experience the transport robot as a co-worker and not as a disruptive factor. The inner value fit as well: Easy-to-open flaps and covers make maintenance easier, and an elaborate sensor system ensures maximum safety during operation. “Award-worthy!", the Red Dot jury decided and honored the VARIO MOVE the coveted Red Dot award in the category Industrial Equipment, Machinery and Automation.
Friendly, but not playful; robust, but not threatening or aggressive – among other things, these self-imposed specifications had to be met. " Our goal was to develop an appealing and smart design that at the same time conveys our new distinctive corporate design," says Andreas Böttner, CEO of ek robotics. "Since the launch of VARIO MOVE, we have received positive feedback from customers using the vehicle. With the Red Dot Award 2022, we see our approach fully confirmed."
Variably configurable AGV
As an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV), the VARIO MOVE is guided by a programmed course and helps customers achieve greater efficiency in the automated flow of materials and goods. The outstanding feature of the VARIO MOVE is that it can be variably configured from a large pool of standardized components. Depending on the application profile, the AGV can be equipped with different chassis, various load handling devices and all major navigation technologies available on the market. This results in a wealth of possible combinations is one of the strengths of ek robotics.
VARIO MOVE in action!
A video shows the VARIO MOVE in action at the plastics expert Sinit in Bad Schwalbach, Germany. The automated guided vehicle system (AGV) ensures efficient automated transport of plastic parts from production, through assembly, to logistics in a three-shift operation and optimizes the flow of materials. The VARIO MOVE can be experienced live at this year's LogiMAT in Stuttgart (May 31 to June 2) at the ek robotics booth (Hall 2, Booth B05).